Saturday 22 April 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Daniel 3:19-30

Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace to be
heated up seven times more than was customary, and ordered some of the
strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. So the men were
bound, still wearing their tunics,* their trousers,* their hats, and
their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing
fire. Because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace was so
overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego. But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said
to his counsellors, ‘Was it not three men that we threw bound into
the fire?’ They answered the king, ‘True, O king.’ He replied,
‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and
they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.’*
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire
and said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most
High God, come out! Come here!’ So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
came out from the fire. And the satraps, the prefects, the governors,
and the king’s counsellors gathered together and saw that the fire
had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their
heads was not singed, their tunics* were not harmed, and not even the
smell of fire came from them. Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Blessed be the
God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and
delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king’s
command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any
god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people,
nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses
laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in
this way.’ Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in
the province of Babylon.
1 John 3:11-18

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the
evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because
his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be
astonished, brothers and sisters,* that the world hates you. We know
that we have passed from death to life because we love one another.
Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or
sister* are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal
life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life
for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does
God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a
brother or sister* in need and yet refuses help?

 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth
and action.
Luke 4:1-13
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led
by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted
by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they
were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the
Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus
answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread
alone.” ’

 Then the devil* led him up and showed him in an instant all the
kingdoms of the world. And the devil* said to him, ‘To you I will
give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to
me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me,
it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him.” ’

 Then the devil* took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the
pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you,
   to protect you”, 
“On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’ 
Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to
the test.” ’ When the devil had finished every test, he departed
from him until an opportune time.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 20, 21:1-14

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
   The name of the God of Jacob protect you! 
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
   and give you support from Zion. 
May he remember all your offerings,
   and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.

May he grant you your heart’s desire,
   and fulfil all your plans. 
May we shout for joy over your victory,
   and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfil all your petitions. 

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
   he will answer him from his holy heaven
   with mighty victories by his right hand. 
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
   but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. 
They will collapse and fall,
   but we shall rise and stand upright. 

Give victory to the king, O Lord;
   answer us when we call.*

Psalm 21:1-14

In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord,
   and in your help how greatly he exults! 
You have given him his heart’s desire,
   and have not withheld the request of his lips.
For you meet him with rich blessings;
   you set a crown of fine gold on his head. 
He asked you for life; you gave it to him—
   length of days for ever and ever. 
His glory is great through your help;
   splendour and majesty you bestow on him. 
You bestow on him blessings for ever;
   you make him glad with the joy of your presence. 
For the king trusts in the Lord,
   and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be

Your hand will find out all your enemies;
   your right hand will find out those who hate you. 
You will make them like a fiery furnace
   when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
   and fire will consume them. 
You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
   and their children from among humankind. 
If they plan evil against you,
   if they devise mischief, they will not succeed. 
For you will put them to flight;
   you will aim at their faces with your bows. 

Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
   We will sing and praise your power.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 110:1-7, 116, 117

Psalm 110:1-7

The Lord says to my lord,
   ‘Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 

The Lord sends out from Zion
   your mighty sceptre.
   Rule in the midst of your foes. 
Your people will offer themselves willingly
   on the day you lead your forces
   on the holy mountains.*
>From the womb of the morning,
   like dew, your youth* will come to you. 
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
   ‘You are a priest for ever according to the order of

The Lord is at your right hand;
   he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. 
He will execute judgement among the nations,
   filling them with corpses;
he will shatter heads
   over the wide earth. 
He will drink from the stream by the path;
   therefore he will lift up his head.

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard
   my voice and my supplications. 
Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 
The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish. 
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ 

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful. 
The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me. 
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 

For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling. 
I walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living. 
I kept my faith, even when I said,
   ‘I am greatly afflicted’; 
I said in my consternation,
   ‘Everyone is a liar.’ 

What shall I return to the Lord
   for all his bounty to me? 
I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the Lord, 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people. 
Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful ones. 
O Lord, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
   You have loosed my bonds. 
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the Lord. 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people, 
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
   Extol him, all you peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!

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